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Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians Free Pick- 8/12/13

Cleveland Indians (63-55) at Minnesota Twins (52-63)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 12, 2013 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)

Danny Salazar (R) (1-0) (3.292) vs. Andrew Albers (L) (1-0) (0.000)

The Line: Minnesota Twins / Cleveland Indians --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: SportsTime Ohio, FS-North

The Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians face off in game one of their series at Target Field.

The Minnesota Twins are having another rough season but their play has been fairly strong of late. The Twins are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 26-27 at home this season, and they are 16.5 games back in the AL Central. As a team the Twins are hitting .241 with Joe Mauer hitting .318, Justin Morneau is hitting .265, and Oswaldo Arcia is hitting .262. The Twins pitching staff has an ERA of 4.29 with the starters at 5.12 and the bullpen at 3.02 for game one against the Indians the Twins start Andrew Albers who makes his second career start. In his last start Albers allowed four hits and struck out two over 8.1 scoreless innings to get the win.

Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians Free Pick- 8/12/13

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The Cleveland Indians had their chances to catch the Tigers and fell flat on their face but if they want to have any hope for the post season at all they can’t afford too many more losses. The Indians are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 25-30 on the road, and they are seven games back in the AL Central. As a team the Indians are hitting .255 with Jason Kipnis hitting .290, Michael Brantley hitting .282, and Michael Bourn hitting .277. The Indians pitching staff has an ERA of 4.10 with the starters at 4.17 and the bullpen at 3.97. For game one against the Twins the Indians start Danny Salazar who has a win and a no decision in his two career starts.

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Minnesota is 8-3 in their last 11 games, 14-38 in their last 52 home games against a team with a winning record, and 0-4 in their last four games as an underdog. Cleveland is 7-0 in their last seven road games against a left-handed starter, 0-4 in their last four games as a home underdog, and 14-38 in their last 52 home games against a team with a winning record. Cleveland is 1-5 in their last six games in Minnesota.

The total is set at eight and I like the over here as one of these young pitchers is bound to implode if not both. I also have a free pick on the winning side and I will give that Free Pick on Monday’s 1stQuarter Podcast.

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